Power Producers Welcome Ontario commitment to continue, improve FIT program

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Power Producers Welcome Ontario commitment to continue, improve FIT program

 

TORONTO, March 22, 2012 - Ontario's power producers welcomed the Ontario government’s commitment to continue with the FIT program by accepting the central recommendations of the FIT Review undertaken last year. “Moving forward with these recommendations represents a reasonable balance between the government’s renewable energy policies, the current realities of the Ontario electricity system, and ratepayer interests,” APPrO president David Butters said.


Butters noted that the review reflects a strong message from the industry to improve the approvals process for renewable energy projects. He said that changes in this area should help to reduce costs and improve outcomes for the system as a whole. “We are looking forward to understanding the details and working with the Ontario Government to get these new processes in place,” he said. He noted that initiatives to facilitate greater municipal and community engagement in renewable energy development are timely and sensible. “We want to ensure that development proceeds where the local stakeholders are well informed and supportive of the project.”

Butters said that increasing the frequency of price reviews, at the same time taking into account supply and demand forecasts and considering whether continued renewables procurement is warranted, is a realistic and responsible approach, given Ontario’s current supply and demand situation. He also added that ongoing efforts to integrate wind energy efficiently and fairly into the Ontario grid must also remain a high priority.

Butters concluded that APPrO and its members are looking forward to the specific contract and rule changes and an opportunity for meaningful input into their finalization.

APPrO is a non-profit organization representing more than 100 companies involved in the generation of electricity in Ontario, including generators, suppliers of services, equipment and consulting services. APPrO members produce power from nuclear, hydro, fossil, wind, waste wood and other energy sources. APPrO's members currently produce over 95% of the electricity generated in Ontario.

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For further information contact:
 
David Butters, President
Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO)
25 Adelaide St. E., Suite 1602, Toronto ON M5C 3A1
tel: (416) 322-6549 or (647) 444-6549
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website: https://www.appro.org

 

 

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